Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Wake Forest

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Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park in Durham and Wake Counties, North Carolina in the United States. Near Wake Forest, North Carolina, it covers 5,035acre along the shores of 12,410acre Falls Lake.
Prior to 1978, flooding of the Neuse River caused extensive damage to public and private properties including roadways, railroads, industrial sites and farmlands. The Falls Lake Project was developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to control damaging floods. Construction of the dam began in 1978 and was completed in 1981. In addition to recreation opportunities, Falls Lake now provides flood and water-quality control, water supply, and fish and wildlife conservation.
In 1992, the NC Division of Parks and Recreation took control of the James Mangum House as part of Beaverdam Recreation Area.
Rock Cliff Farm is owned by the Federal government, and part of a large acreage managed by the State of North Carolina as the Falls Lake State Recreation Area. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
Falls Lake hiking trails on the south side are part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail which stretches from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey's Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
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  • Lived in Florida for 10 years and just moved to North Carolina. We went to the park last weekend and took our bulldog. He loved playing in the water, and the people we saw there were very friendly. De...  more »
  • Beautiful place and loads of grilling stations around. If the swimming area parking is full-park it at Picnic area and walk in to the water..  more »
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  • What a wonderful place for the family. Took our daughter this past weekend four me and my wife's anniversary stayed at rolling view loop b number 2. So quiet and wonderful views. Trails are amazing so much to do and the swimming area is really good they even have life jackets hanging for the little ones that aren't the best swimmers yet so mom friendly. And everyone was so nice. We are for sure going back thinking before school starts back. If you love the real nature this is one you got to go see and experience your self to see. You will love it.
  • This was a great campground. Not too crowded, no one bothered anyone. Saw a few rangers drive by. The thing I liked the least was the bath house had showers that were the times ones. You have to push it in, the water runs and eventually you have to push the thing in again to get the water to run. Not terrible, just a little inconvenient. Wonderful lake access right down the road. There were beautiful deer. We had a great time!

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